UAE welcomes you with its long sandy shorelines, high-rise landmarks, and amazing tourist attractions. The UAE is a popular destination with an eclectic mix of museums, mosques, beaches, massive malls, theme parks, and more. We list the 10 spectacular places to visit in the UAE that offer plenty of fun and things to do.
Top Places To Visit in UAE
1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Get ready to witness one of the United Arab Emirates’ soaring sky-high landmarks in Dubai. This is the world’s tallest freestanding building at 828 meters high. Take an elevator ride to the highest observation deck to get panoramic views of Dubai. The architectural feat and modern engineering layouts make this a must-see place in the UAE. The construction of Burj Khalifa began in 2004 and they opened the structure in 2010 as part of the recent development called Downtown Dubai.
Price: Based on the tour
Pro Tip: You could buy online tickets for the At The Top observation deck tour.
2. Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi
This incredibly beautiful mosque in Abu Dhabi is a fusion of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary design. Witness how the modern and traditional styles blend in harmony to create a majestic place to visit with Islamic architecture. The mosque has lavish interiors with white marble stonework, mosaic tiles, and gold decorations. Witness the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet laid in the prayer hall that is illuminated by chandeliers made of 24 karat gold and crystals.
Timings:9.00 am to 10.00 pm (Saturday to Thursday)
Pro Tip: It is advisable to take a guided tour of the mosque that is available.
3. Louvre, Abu Dhabi
The outstanding museum takes visitors through a journey of human history. There is an array of collections from across the globe on display, beginning from the earliest human settlements. The art scene includes names from major artists that showcase linkages between cultures and civilizations. The museum is a major place to visit in the UAE designed by the prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel. The modern architecture on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi is worth an experience.
Price: $16.34 (adult)
Timings:10.00 am to 6.30 pm (Monday closed)
Pro Tip: Book tickets in advance as buying tickets at the entrance is time-consuming.
4. Dubai Parks & Resorts, Dubai
This exotic place in Dubai includes four major theme parks; Motiongate, Bollywood Parks, Legoland Dubai, and Legoland Water Park. Stay in the luxury of the Polynesian-inspired rooms in the upmarket property. This is the largest theme park in the Middle East in over a sprawling 25 million square feet. The largest integrated leisure and theme park is a spectacular place that provides an annual pass for the rides. Lapita in the Dubai Parks & Resorts is dedicated to those wanting to stay a stone’s throw away from endless fun. The luxurious facility of hospitality is a great place for families with children.
Price: $65.34 to $89.84 (one-day single park pre-purchased ticket for an adult)
Timings:11.00 am to 9.00 pm
Pro Tip: You can get a discount on advance online booking tickets.
5. Ferrari World, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Go on a thrill-seeking experience in the world’s fastest roller coaster ride, Formula Rossa in Ferrari World. This is the world’s largest indoor theme park spread across an area of 86,000 square meters and one of the best places to visit in UAE. They fill the place with over 40 unique and thrilling rides, an F1 experience with state of art simulators, adrenaline rush moments on the Flying Aces, and more. This is Abu Dhabi’s most popular place to visit which is an award-winning theme park enclosed in the largest frame structure ever built.
Price: $82.32 upwards
Timings: 11.00 am to 6.00 pm (Sunday to Wednesday) | 11.00 am to 10.00 pm ( Thursday to Saturday)
Pro Tip: You could reach Ferrari World by Yas Express that runs through several routes.
6. Al Fahidi Quarter, Old Dubai
Al Fahidi Historical District is as old as the 1890s with narrow and winding lanes. The neighbourhood includes the Al Fahidi Fort, the Dubai Museum, the famous Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding among other culturally significant sights. A visit to the Bastakiya Quarter in the UAE is unmissable. The quarter was home to the wealthy Persian merchants in the 19th century. It is on the Bur Dubai side of the 14 km length of the Dubai Creek.
Timings: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
Pro Tip: Dining, shopping, and other experiences are also a part of the experience, however chargeable.
7. Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah
The unique museum is a popular place to visit in Sharjah that opened its doors on April 17, 1997. It is a must-see for art lovers with collections and exhibits organized in the museum. There are also programs and workshops to take part in. The stunning collections include exhibits from renowned artists and local painters that have enriched the Arab art scene. There are temporary exhibitions held throughout the year and plenty of art events. The museum includes paintings and sculptures by famous artists in the Middle East such as works of Faiq Hassan, Mohammed Yusuf, Ismail Fatah Al-Turk among others.
Timings: 8.00 am to 8.00 pm (Saturday to Thursday) | 4.00 am to 8.00 pm (Friday)
Pro Tip: Keep a note that the timings of the museum change during public holidays and Ramadan.
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8. Jebel Hafeet, Abu Dhabi
Jebel Hafeet is the third highest peak in Abu Dhabi and forms a part of the Hajar Mountains. You get a sprawling view of Al Ain city from the top of the mountain. The winding roads are romantic and beautiful. They built this two-lane highway on the mountain when only a mountain trail existed. See the mighty mountainous backdrop when you are in Al Ain. There is an old archaeological site on the eastern side of the mountain and several burial sites. Some tombs were built 5000 years ago during the Bronze Age.
Price: 24 hours
Timings: Based on the tour
Pro Tip: Visit the bustling camel souk in Al Ain, another place to visit that attracts breeders and buyers.
9. Dubai Creek, Dubai
Dubai Creek is one of the loveliest places to visit in the UAE. On the northern banks of the Dubai Creek is the Deira which is the home of the famous souk. The Gold Souk of Deira is a fascinating large gold bazaar. To the south of the creek is the Bur Dubai area, one of the most sought-after locations. Fishing or pearl activities began because of the creek and people began living in the area. Dhow Wharfage is where you can spot lovely dhows that are more than a century old. The Al Seef District is a splendid area with beautiful buildings, floating markets, and shopping areas.
Price: $1.36 (Creek Park)
Timings: 24 hours
Pro Tip: The best time to visit the creek is between 5.00 am and 9.00 am for amazing sunrises and again after sunset for stunning sunset cruises.
10. Dhayah Fort, Ras Al Khaimah (20 km north)
The Dhayah Fort is a 16th-century brick fort that can be visited on a day trip. Located around 20 km north of Ras al-Khaimah city, they built the fort as a defensive military tower. It is a historic landmark place made strategically on a hilltop facing the gulf to defend the region from invading British attacks. South of the hill are other fortifications and watchtowers. The panoramic views are outstanding from the ramparts of the fort as you explore the attraction.
Timings:9.00 am to 5.00 pm (Sunday to Thursday)
Pro Tip: It is advisable to take a guide to navigate the fort, especially the first time.